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Lust’s Dominion; or, the Lascivious Queen / El dominio de la lujuria, o, la reina lasciva (ca. 1598-1600), by/de Thomas Dekker, John Marston, John Day, William Haughton

A critical and annotated edition and translation into Spanish/Edición crítica y anotada y traducción al español


Edited By Primavera Cuder and Jesús López-Peláez Casellas

This scholarly edition of Thomas Dekker, John Marston, John Day, and William Haughton’s Lust’s Dominion; or, the Lascivious Queen (ca. 1598-1600) is the first in half a century and the first ever translation into Spanish. The comprehensive introduction in English and Spanish examines the contexts of the play addressing such topics as ethnicity and alterity, Anglo-Spanish relations and the roles of women.

La presente edición de El dominio de la lujuria, o, la reina lasciva (ca. 1598-1600) de Thomas Dekker, John Marston, John Day y William Haughton incluye la primera traducción jamás realizada al español además de la primera edición crítica en inglés en medio siglo. Una extensa introducción presenta los contextos de la obra en detalle, estudiando aspectos tales como la alteridad, los roles de la mujer y las relaciones anglo-españolas en la época.

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II. Lust’s Dominion; or, the Lascivious Queen


1. Textual history: Sources and authorship

Since it was published in 1657, and until 1825, there seemed to be a clear consensus regarding the authorship of Lust’s Dominion: Scholars firmly and consistently believed that this play had been authored by the Elizabethan playwright Christopher Marlowe. Although it was known that Marlowe had died on 30 May 1593, it was argued that he could have written the play soon before he died. In 1657, Francis Kirkman – a publisher notoriously interested in plays from the earlier sixteenth century – recovered the play and published it.

Evidence of Marlovian authorship, it was claimed then, was clear and unquestionable. Firstly, whereas the first edition printed by Jane Bell did not identify the author, at least one copy includes a handwritten contemporaneous annotation: “by Christopher Marloe.” Furthermore, a second impression of this first edition included the printed attribution “written by Christofer Marloe, Gent.”

Also, there are many other elements that seemed to point at the playwright from Canterbury, Christopher – Kit – Marlowe as the author of Lust’s Dominion. Namely, central topics of the play (such as the overambitious Other, who builds his/her own identity around radical transgression), formal elements (such as the Marlovian mighty line),9 and some specific references throughout the whole play directly linking this play with many of Marlowe’s texts, very notably Dido, Queen of Carthage, Doctor Faustus, Tamburlaine the Great, and The Jew of Malta.10

However, in 1825 the Elizabethan scholar John P....

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